Colchester Borough Council elections

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Map showing the composition of Colchester Borough Council after the Wivenhoe Quay by-election in July 2014. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and independent in grey.

One third of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 60 councillors have been elected from 27 wards.[1] From 2016 elections, the council will consist of 51 councillors from 17 wards, a reduction of 9 councillors and 10 wards.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973 - 1976
Conservative 1976 - 1986
No overall control 1986 - 1994
Liberal Democrats 1994 - 1998
No overall control 1998 - 2007
Conservative 2007 - 2008
No overall control 2008 - present

Council elections[edit]

Summary of the council composition since the 1976 election. Boundary changes took place for the 1990, 2003 and 2016 elections leading to the whole council being elected on those years.[4]

Year SDP-Liberal/Liberal Democrats Conservative Labour Tiptree Residents Independent Vacant
1976 - 39 18 2 1 -
1978 - 37 21 1 1 -
1979 - 38 19 2 1 -
1980 - 37 21 3 1 -
1982 2 37 18 3 1 -
1983 5 37 15 3 1 -
1984 10 35 12 3 1 -
1986 16 30 11 3 1 -
1987 22 27 9 3 1 -
1988 24 26 8 3 1 -
1990 28 17 10 3 - -
1992[5] 30 21 7 3 - -
1994[6] 34 19 6 2 - -
1995[7] 34 13 12 1 - -
1996[8] 33 11 15 1 - -
1998[9] 27 15 17 1 - -
1999[10] 26 18 15 1 - -
2000[11] 23 22 14 1 - -
2002[4] 26 24 6 - 4 -
2003[12] 25 24 5 - 5 -
2004[13] 23 28 6 - 2 -
2006[14] 21 30 7 - 2 -
2007[15] 21 30 6 - 3 -
2008[16] 23 27 7 - 3 -
2010[17] 26 24 7 - 3 -
2011[18] 26 24 7 - 3 -
2012[19] 26 23 8 - 3 -
2014[20] 25 23 8 - 3 1
2015 20 27 9 - 4 -
2016 - - - - - -

Borough result maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of recent by-elections;[21] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Dedham 4 September 1997 Liberal Democrat Conservative
Tiptree by-election 25 June 1998 Labour Labour
Lexden by-election 19 October 2000 Conservative Conservative
Prettygate by-election 7 June 2001 Conservative Liberal Democrat
Mile End by-election 22 November 2001 Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat
Wivenhoe Quay by-election 22 April 2004 Independent Labour
Berechurch by-election 21 October 2004 Liberal Democrat Labour
Birch and Winstree by-election 4 December 2008 Conservative Conservative
Wivenhoe Quay by-election 3 July 2014 Labour Labour
Dedham & Langham by-election 15 September 2015 Conservative Conservative

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elections and Registering to Vote". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  3. ^ Wilkin, Chris (11 July 2007). "Colchester: Lib Dems furious at pair’s defection to the Tories". Daily Gazette. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  5. ^ "UK Council Elections: Election Results". Financial Times. 8 May 1992. p. 11. 
  6. ^ "Local Elections: Full results of the voting in local authority polls". The Independent. 7 May 1994. 
  7. ^ "The complete list of local council election results". The Independent. 6 May 1995. 
  8. ^ "Election Results Round-Up - Local Elections". The Times. 3 May 1996. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "Local government election results". The Independent. 8 May 1998. 
  10. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Colchester council". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Local elections: Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Vote 2011". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Vote 2012". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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